$42.53 to $60.41 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Master’s degree in speech language pathology
Speech-language pathologists (also known as SLPs) work with adults, seniors and children. They help clients improve communication by developing skills for listening and comprehension, expressing thoughts and feelings, social skills, pronunciation of speech sounds, use of the voice, fluency, and cognitive communication. Other responsibilities may include developing alternate means of communication for non-verbal clients using technology and creative solutions and providing intervention for individuals with feeding and swallowing difficulties.
In the course of their work, speech-language pathologists use a variety of assessments to identify an array of communication and other related disorders. Speech-language pathologists provide strategies and training to clients and caregivers and make appropriate referrals to other agencies and professionals as required.
Speech-language pathologists have the opportunity to explore different career opportunities, ranging from acute care roles with an emphasis on medically-based concerns to teaching others within a community setting. Work days tend to be varied and interesting and provide an opportunity for continuous learning and relationship building.
Speech-language pathologists work at a variety of health and community facilities, including hospitals, clinics, schools and in clients’ homes. Although they may work independently with their clients, speech-language pathologists function as part of an interprofessional team that can include other speech-language pathologists and assistants, therapists, technologists, physicians and nurses in pursuit of providing the best health care possible to Alberta Health Services patients.
Speech-language pathologists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts.
Speech-language pathologists may be on their feet or required to sit for much of their workdays. They may need to lift, bend, kneel and squat during the course of their work. The work of speech-language pathologists can also require spending extended periods of time using a computer. As part of their roles, some speech-language pathologists may be required to travel within and outside their communities and so in some cases a driver’s license is required.